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‘Enjoy the ride, adapt and stop planning’ – FPL’s reigning India winner says to focus on the short-term

The Double Gameweeks are here.

But it hasn’t been a smooth ride. Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have had so many unexpected detours (a lot of off-roading) on the way, but battered, bruised and with a lot of dents, we’re finally here.

Just know that you are not the only ones facing these twists and turns. It won’t be the last time unexpected rescheduling happens either.

FPL managers all over the globe have been meandering their way through these unexpected times and you’ve just got to enjoy the ride and adapt. It’s the only option you have really.

So what do I intend to do differently? First off, stop planning. Be more short-sighted. Normally, when making moves, I look at the next five to six Gameweeks.

Instead, I am going to play for the points available and have a more short-term approach when planning my moves.

This means I’ll likely look at the next three Gameweeks when making my moves and no more than that.

Why? We could literally have unexpected cancellations and changes (Double Gameweeks) at any time. So planning mid-term doesn’t have much value in my opinion.

Secondly, and I have said this multiple times this season, I’m all for wanting to chase price rises, but honestly, I can’t say it enough, this is the season to delay your transfers as far as possible.

The fantasy landscape is changing daily and new bits of information are appearing on a daily basis, which might drastically affect your transfer strategy.

You might think that your transfers might not be affordable the next day, but when you look closer, there is always another way.

Has the recent Double Gameweek news for Aston Villa and Newcastle and the lack of a double for Leeds United and Southampton changed my plans?

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I currently own only Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) from the two teams and before Blank Gameweek 18, I sold Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and Che Adams (£6.0m).

I had heard murmurs of the Leeds vs Southampton game being called off and I just don’t trust the fitness of Villa’s players and the lure of two premium Manchester big hitters was too much for me.

It was a gamble and it won’t be the last time I’ll need to roll the dice this season.

It just seems like a season of difficult decisions given the sheer number of consistent big hitters but it is what it is.

Just a small note on Aston Villa, the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak is unknown at the time of writing and we don’t necessarily know how the squad has been affected.

It is a very thin squad that is very reliant on 10 to 14 players and if the majority of the first team squad is affected, I don’t know how much I’d trust them.

Keeping this in mind, their players come into the don’t buy/ don’t sell category for me until we know more about them.

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Speaking of difficult decisions, one big decision that FPL managers will likely be making this season is whether to sell Son Heung-min (£9.8m) or Harry Kane (£11.1m) for a premium Double Gameweek asset in Gameweek 19.

The one thing I’ll say is if you’re doing it to get in a premium big hitter like Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) who are genuine captaincy options, then it makes sense to me.

If not, it becomes a very difficult decision (one that might not necessarily be the right one) given their fixture in Gameweek 19.

Then it comes down to gut and the kind of FPL manager you are.

If I was to hold one of Son or Kane, at the moment I’d lean towards holding Son primarily because of the price difference.

I see a lot of people selling their Arsenal and Leeds United assets for Double Gameweek players.

It is important to not have the blinkers on for the doubles because both of these teams in addition to Spurs have very good games in Gameweek 19 and it might not be the smartest thing to sell them just to buy additional minutes in the Double Gameweek.

You need to look at the next couple of Gameweeks while making these decisions and then make the call.

A few things I have noticed in the last few weeks is that players like Son, Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and KDB have looked very tired in the last 30 minutes of games and I feel like in comparison, Liverpool and Chelsea both having some time off will play into their hands.

I’m personally expecting an upturn in performances for both of these teams in the coming weeks.

Having some time on the training ground with the full team without playing games can be underestimated and I think that will show.

It is worth noting Chelsea have all their players fit now including their full-backs and it’s easy to forget that when they, along with Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) were fit, Chelsea were creating chances for fun.

They have a decent looking Double Gameweek (both Leicester and Fulham are in the worst five teams for big chances conceded at home this season) and I quite like their fixtures in the mid-term as well.

There are some good picks in that team both in attack and in defence should you fancy it.

Some of you are wondering about whether you should Bench Boost or not.

In my opinion if you have players from the likes of Leeds who have a good Gameweek 19 fixture, I’d still use the chip and play the Bench Boost.

The case for you to Bench Boost is even stronger, especially if you have used your Free Hit chip in Gameweek 18.

I say that is the case because if you wildcard in Gameweek 25 for the Double Gameweek in 26, your bench spots will need to be likely focused on Blank Gameweek 29 and that is something to consider while you’re making your decision.

Otherwise, one of the prime advantages of having used the Bench Boost chip is so that it’s out of the way and you can focus funds on your starting 11 (plus two bench spots) rather than spreading them over 15 players.

It is very difficult to give an answer with regards to this conundrum because it is very team dependant but generally when it comes to using your chips, there will be many more mini Double Gameweeks in play the way the season is going, so there are going to be more opportunities than you think for chip deployment.

I intentionally decide to just talk a little bit of macro-philosophy with this article ahead of the Double Gameweek but all of you are aware of the numbers and the good picks so I thought it might be worthwhile to outline a few things that might not have caught your attention.

I’ve been making steady progress with my season after a terrible start.

Despite having games called off for my Manchester City and Spurs assets and despite not deploying my Free Hit chip in Gameweek 18, I’ve climbed from a 3.1 million Overall Rank (OR) in Gameweek 12 to a 1.54 million OR at present.

I was very happy to get a 300,000 sized green arrow in Gameweek 18 despite taking a hit, owning nine players and not deploying the Free Hit chip which tells you that quality matters over quantity.

If the odds are stacked against you in a particular Gameweek in terms of numbers of players, it still isn’t the end of the world because if you have the right players, you could still climb up the table.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Zophar & I had the pleasure of interviewing the creator of LiveFPL.net recently and it was a pleasure getting to chat with Ragabolly.

He’s a PHD in quantum physics and still claims to not be a genius.

He’s a very humble guy and it’s an interview worth watching if you haven’t already. You can see it here.

We also did our standard podcast of The FPL Wire where we talk about Double Gameweek 19 in depth which you will find below. Thanks for reading and good luck this Gameweek!

5,989 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Who would you keep from now onwards?

    Son or Rash

    1. EIE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Son

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Son

    3. Mufc202020
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Son out of the 1

      1. Mufc202020
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        2*

  2. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Is this move worth a -12 or just avoid BB completely?
    Out: Fabri Taylor Balbuena DCL (my whole bench)
    In: Johnstone Stones R.James Antonio

    1. The VAR Team
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Save BB

      1. EIE
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        BB not worth using -12 on IMO

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      No bb

    3. PogChamp
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I think -12 is too much. Even -4 is risky.

    4. Charlie&TheLads
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      -12 is a bit much
      Like your style though and could be a master stroke

  3. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    A. Stones and Robertson
    B. Cancelo and Zouma

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      A

    2. Mufc202020
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      A

    3. JoeJitzu +42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Thank you

  4. EIE
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Why are people taking Grealish out? Hasn't been confirmed as having Covid, has he?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Nope, probably just one of the many make-weights for the likes of KDB, Rashford etc.

    2. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Team potentially hit by COVID, poor initial fixture, loads of other options. If I sell him he's going for KDB. Hard to argue against that, really

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      He has been posting on social media with him training so should be fine bur he has 4YCs and has 4 games until it extends to 10

    4. All about the galacticos
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      easy transfer to Soucek

  5. Fit_to_drop
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Is starting DGWer Kelan Davis over injury doubt SGWer Neto mad? I can see Davis getting playing time with the Covid hit squad?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Unless he has covid

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        No one knows which villa players have it?

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          True. But starting him would still cover me as if he doesn’t have it, I reckon he will get game time. If he does, he won’t feature.

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Playing WBA is about as good as a DGW.

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Neto is triangled. 75%

    3. Jam0sh
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      If he's not out because of covid himself

  6. El Lobito 10
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    BOTTOMED

    Final, big call:

    A.
    On currently:
    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo Tierney
    Son Bruno Madisson Neto KdB(TC)
    Kane Bamford
    6 double gameweekers

    Would you stick or FH to this:
    B.
    Martinez
    Stones Bailly Shaw Dawson
    Salah KdB Soucek Bruno Sterling(C)
    Vardy
    11 double gameweekers

    Thanks

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I do like the FH option this DGW, but whatever you do, don’t captain that utter Easter Sterling, it will only end in tears imo. I always tell people to stay away as he does nothing and still people buy, it’s mind boggling stuff

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers bud. Anyone else, please?

  7. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    RP - Which option would you go for?

    A. Balbuena and Kane to Cresswell and Vardy (-8)
    B. Balbuena to Dawson (-4)

    Martinez
    Stones Cancelo Coufal Balbuena*
    KDB Bruno Soucek Salah
    Bamford* Kane*
    (Johnstone Raphinha* Rodrigo* Holding*)

  8. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Blimey, spent that long deciding which extra DGW’ers to bring in I’ve totally neglected what usually takes me days to decide on, the captain choice!

    Really it’s only between Bruno, Salah, & KDB for me.

    There’s arguments for and against any of these three but what is your gut feeling for captain here?

    Cheers guys

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I'm going salah but dont have kdb. Would go kdb

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Cool cheers bud, yeah certainly tough between the two, been on KDB by default all this time, probs stay there 😉

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          I would. Great fixtures

          GL

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Bruno on 4YCs rules him out for me. Currently on Salah due to the extra rest

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Cool thanks Tony, yeah actually briefly forgot about the 4 YC’s from Bruno haha. Tough choice

    3. Viper
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I'm going KDB. He looks hungry right now. He really should scored at least 2 goals over the past 4 games.

      If he the took & scored the penalty on Wednesday, it wouldn't even be a debate 🙂

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers Viper! Yep, couldn’t agree more. He’s certainly had the chances being attacking, if only for a lack of finishing and not taking the pen it’s a plain straight decision like ya say.

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        I don't think he has scored a 1-1 with the GK this season. Very frustrating but as you said he is getting the big chances and has the better fixtures

    4. El Lobito 10
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      KdB

  9. Awesomeness
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Need a 4.4 defender to fill in the last spot on my bench boost team, I guess Lowton is the best?.. Or any better suggestions?

  10. tuturututu
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Meslier; Giroud, Bamford, Alioski

      Is this worth bench boosting?

      With what amount of points on bench would you be happy when BBing?

    • EIE
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Mahrez to...

      A) Sterling
      B) KDB

      First to 3 wins!

      1. Amans94
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KDB

      2. janlu0
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KDB

      3. JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KDB

        1. EIE
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Ha ha cheers all. A clean sweep!

      4. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KDB

    • Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Son dropping. Antonio rising.

      Son and Adams to Salah and Antonio -4?

      1. Mufc202020
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Yes

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Prob would

      3. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        ignore prices - follow points.

        but that move looks good (probably as the 2nd option is 2-3 mill more than the 1st one)

        1. Champions League Varane
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks will have 1.3 ITB aswell

    • janlu0
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      1) DCL to Antonio for free
      Or
      2) DCL to Vardy and Robbo to Coufal for -4

      1. gart888
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        1 for me.

        I'm not sure Vardy+Coufal outscore Antonio+Robbo this GW, nevermind having to outscore them by 4.

      2. EgyptianKing
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        1

      3. Indio
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        1

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Move made - BB activated

      DDG*
      Zouma* - Cancelo* - Dias* - AWB* - Cresswell*
      Kdb* - Bruno* - Soucek*
      Wilson* - Kane
      Martinez* - Bamford - Saka - Son

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        No LIV same here, GTG BB!

    • gart888
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      How many extra points does one usually want to get out of a bench boost? I'm estimating it would be worth about 18 points for me to use it this week, and am tempted to just get it done.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Well you get 16 if they just turn up twice, so I'd want more than 18

        1. tuturututu
            10 months, 22 days ago

            How is it possible to have 4 DGWs on bench with all these postponements? I would have it if Leeds game did not get cancelled. Would you bench boost triple Leeds in Meslier, Alioski, Bamford with Giroud in this situation?

            1. Wild Rover
              • 11 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              Fair comment, I only have 3

              1. tuturututu
                  10 months, 22 days ago

                  Nice, gl!

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 11 Years
                    10 months, 22 days ago

                    Ta. 🙂

              2. gart888
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 22 days ago

                I think he's saying wait for another week, but there's no saying that the next DGW will actually have fewer cancellations.

            2. gart888
              • 7 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              But that's assuming you have a bench full team of DGW guys, which I don't. 3 of them are Leeds/Southampton.

              1. Wild Rover
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 22 days ago

                I wouldn't be playing it in that case

            3. TheOneAndOnly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              That's assuming you have 15playing twice, and haven't gone for a few decent SGW players. I'd say 16 is okay

              1. gart888
                • 7 Years
                10 months, 22 days ago

                For reference, I'm looking at running Johnstone, Bamford, KWP, Adams on the bench this week. My starting 11 are all DGW guys. Think that's worth a go?

        2. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Would you bench boost the following:

          McCarthy Dallas Raphinha Adams

          Thanks!

          1. Boleyn Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            I am

          2. EgyptianKing
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            I wouldn’t tbh

          3. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Could get better later down the line

          4. Heisenberg W. W.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 22 days ago

            I'm contemplating McCarthy-Dallas-Holding-Adams

          5. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            No.

        3. GRPunk
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Play 2

          Targett
          Dallas
          Holding

          1. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            BC

            1. GRPunk
              • 4 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              Thanks. That’s where I started, but questioned the dgw potential for Targett.

        4. farqy
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Is Neto to Soucek worth a - 4pts d'ya think?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yes with Neto doubt

          2. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Probably not, unless you are confident of attacking points

          3. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Na I wouldn’t say so

        5. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Play Raphinha over Anguissa?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yes

          2. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yes

          3. Nice to Finally Michu
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            cheers both

        6. FDMS All Starz
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Alioski to Sfones for -4?

          1. EgyptianKing
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yes imo

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yes

          3. Indio
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            yes

          4. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Yep

          5. FDMS All Starz
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Don’t think Leeds vs Southampton will be put back in gw19?

            1. Charlie&TheLads
              • 7 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              Mike Dean told me it’s back on

        7. EgyptianKing
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Do you think Coufal outscores Adams this GW by at least 4 pts?

          1. gart888
            • 7 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            I think it will be close. fix have Coufal estimated at 9.2 and adams 4. Touch and go.

          2. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            I would say yes.

        8. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Repost soz

          What to do here lads, cheers! 0.1 itb, 1ft

          Meslier, Button
          Coufal,Justin,Chilwell,KWP,Mitchell
          Salah,Kdb,Bruno,Son,Soucek
          Wood,Bamford,Che

        9. Muscout
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          3 votes please

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Chilwell Coufal
          Salah (TC) KDB Bruno Soucek JWP
          Kane Bamford

          Steer Dallas JLewis Brewster

          A)Bamford to Antonio
          Or
          B) Kane to Vardy

          -4 (other transfer JWP to H Barnes)

          1. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Out of the 2 I would pick A

        10. JoeJitzu +42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          A. Stones & KDB (-8)
          Or
          B. Zouma & Son

          Thinking of next three GWs

          1. Mufc202020
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            A

        11. Mufc202020
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Would any of you take a hit for either

          A)Kane to Vardy
          B)Neto to Barnes
          C)Both
          D)Neither

        12. Indio
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          What move would you make with team below please? Really going around in circles on this one!

          A) DCL and Adams > Vardy and Antonio -4*
          B) DCL > Vardy
          C) Son, DCL, and Bamford > KDB, Vardy and Brewster -8
          D) Son and DCL > KDB and Antonio -4
          *And play BB

          Martinez, Forster
          Chilwell, Robbo, Cancelo, Coufal, KWP
          Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Son, Raphinha
          Bamford, DCL, Adams
          (1 FT; £3.1M itb)

        13. Shark Team
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Buy Stones and play him instead of Raphinha or roll the FT?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Stones

        14. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Would you keep Son + Lacazette in starting 11 or remove (hits required for each)?

          1. LSK
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            Probably keep. Depends how much in the bank though. Laca to Vardy or Son to KDB/Salah probably worth the minus.

        15. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Sounds like everybody on MU is wound up about something. (Multiple Twitter)
          Seems to be working. OGS Genius.

          1. tuturututu
              10 months, 22 days ago

              What?

              1. Freshy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                10 months, 22 days ago

                lot of Pogba +/-

          2. John78
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            sorry for the repost, keep getting lost on pages.

            BB team

            Johnstone (McCarthy)
            Justin Stones KWP Coufal Dallas
            Salah Fernandes Son Soucek Foden
            Bamford Adams Vardy

            Did Kane & Rapinha to Vardy + Foden (-4), going without KDB, what do you think?
            So that i can keep Son

            1. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 22 days ago

              Well you've done it now lol, doesn't matter what we think.

              I think the team looks good.